PHILADELPHIA, PENN. — After 19 successful years, Barn Star Productions has decided not to continue its presence in Philadelphia with the 23rd Street Armory Antiques Show that was scheduled for April 25–27 at the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry Armory. The Rhinebeck, N.Y.-based firm said that it is instead focusing its efforts on new projects for 2014.
The 23rd Street Armory Antiques Show championed the concept of Antiques Week in Philadelphia, increasing the draw for collectors from out of state and making Philadelphia an “antiques destination” in April.
Barn Star Productions was innovative in presenting its own brand of special show exhibits in the entrance portico of the armory highlighting a variety of collecting fields — from patriotic folk art to a one-owner collection of fire memorabilia, a private collection of folk-inspired birdhouses, cats and dogs in American folk art and doorstops and cast iron, which were always educational and fun for show attendees.
Commented armory show manager Frank Gaglio, “My first thank you goes to the exceptional antiques dealers that have supported our show with their loyalty, wonderful material and creative talent making our armory show the second-longest running show in Philadelphia, and we look forward to working with them once again at future Barn Star Productions events. From our inaugural event at the First Troop Armory to Cruise Ship Terminal at the Navy Pier then to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and back to the armory, it has been quite an adventure.
“Secondly, we have consistently maintained a strong following among collectors to whom my most heartfelt thank you goes. We leave Philadelphia with fond memories and on a high note.
“Lastly, we would like to thank our dear friend Bill ‘Bucky’ Buchanan and the members of the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry and Light Horse Brigade for allowing us the privilege of working in their historic building. They will be missed.”
For information, www.barnstar.com, 914-474-8552 or 845-876-0616.